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I?ve been trying it again and again for the last 10 years, but I haven?t been successful [so far]: I wanted a cool gaming machine for my job as a writer and editor at Paessler, giving me a little advantage for our after work gaming sessions. As I was bringing our administrators close to a nervous breakdown with my regular requests, Nina from our IT-team finally came to me and explained our hard- and software deployment processes here at Paessler to me. And I must admit, it sounds somehow reasonable for me, although they don?t offer GeForce Titans and curved screens. Here is what Nina said:
Ben Day, a Senior Presales Engineer for Paessler in the US, describes his introduction to PRTG and how it saved his @ss quite a few times. He liked PRTG so much that he ended up working for Paessler, promoting a product that he knows he can really stand behind. Here?s Ben?s story, in his own words.
If you?re running PRTG with a version between 16.4.28.x and 18.104.22.1688 your installation has a little problem: It will not tell you that a newer version of PRTG exists. And it cannot update itself. Our fault! We accidentally deactivated the auto update function. We apologize!
In this, the first in a series of articles looking at how PRTG can help Exchange Admins to manage their systems, we look at the continued popularity of email as a corporate communications tool. We?ll also see how PRTG?s pre-defined Exchange sensors can provide a great overview of system health and performance. In subsequent articles, we?ll see how custom sensors can provide even deeper insight into the many components and sub-systems that make up an Exchange infrastructure.
We spend a ridiculous amount of time discussing food at the office. ?Is it anyone?s birthday and did they bring cake??, ?Is the chocolate drawer filled up?? (yes, we have an official chocolate drawer) and most importantly ?What?s for lunch??.
Never Lose Sight of the Hardware Infrastructure - and 9 More Tips You Need to Know About IoT Monitoring
It makes no difference whether your boss has only just heard about the Internet of Things and is now on the lookout for new business models, or your customer wants a fully-networked Smart Home with intelligent electrical outlets. At the end of the day, a feature-rich, high-performance Internet of Things will require IT administrators who understand their craft. So, here are ten tips that will help you get to grips with the challenges of network monitoring.
A few of us from Paessler got to recently go to the AWS Summit in Berlin and here are a few things that we learned along with some notes from the trip.
I?m the Senior Technical Evangelist for Paessler and I spend a lot of time in various online communities, discussing PRTG and other monitoring stuff with IT professionals.? Spiceworks is one of the most interesting and valuable forums I?m involved with, and I?ve been active as a ?Green Guy? there for about a year. Spiceworks organizes two SpiceWorld conferences each year, one in Austin, Texas, and one in London, England.? My US colleagues get to go to SpiceWorld Austin, and I was looking forward to going to the one in London this year. I was very (very!) disappointed to learn that Spiceworks had cancelled the London event.? WHAT!?!? Fortunately, I wasn?t the only one who was disappointed?? So many Spiceheads complained that the Spiceworks organizers relented ? and decided to organize an event in London after all.
Google Chrome has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2008. Today, the web browser has over 1 billion users and accounts for 75.1% of global internet usage as of March 2017. This success can be chalked up in part to its highly customizable design, simple yet incredibly handy features, and synchronization capabilities. Let's go over some of the reasons why Chrome outshines the competition. ?
Using the standard VMware sensors in PRTG, you can integrate information from your VMware setup into your overall IT-monitoring. But, PRTG has no out-of-the-box feature to count the number of active virtual machines running on your servers. So, I wrote a script that works as an EXE/Script sensor in PRTG and that counts your active VMs.
Flow based monitoring (NetFlow, sFlow, jFlow, IPFIX...) is a powerful method to get detailed information about the traffic on your switches and firewalls. It not only delivers data about the sheer amount of traffic, but also what kind of traffic it is, where it comes from and where it goes to. Using flow monitoring you can get top lists of users, connections or protocols. However, not every switch, router, or firewall supports flow protocols. Most flow protocol supporting devices are expensive high-end series, while older devices or budget series don't support it. You can find more information about flow monitoring at the Paessler manual https://www.paessler.com/manuals/prtg/flow_monitoring.
What is better, PRTG on premises or on demand? Watch this 2 minutes video to learn more about PRTG as a service. HOW IS PRTG DIFFERENT TO OTHER SAAS SOLUTIONS? WILL PRTG ON DEMAND REPLACE PRTG ON PREMISES? PRTG ON DEMAND OR PRTG ON PREMISES?
The role of the SysAdmin is a technology role, but also a service role, and users can become frustrated and even angry when they approach a SysAdmin with things that are not working properly with their software or network access. Depending on who the user is, this situation can quickly escalate, no matter how large or small the problem. Also, the person may not care if the issue was simply caused by "user error." Even if it was their fault, they just want the issue fixed.?
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A SAAS OFFERING? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SECURITY? WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF PRTG?
By 2015, the former Paessler AG HQ had become too small to contain its successful and rapid expansion. Paessler needed a new building within which it could reorganize, recruit new members, and plan ahead for the maintenance of innovation and quality customer service. After a lengthy search, a four-floor (+ basement), 7,000 sqm office was identified as a candidate for the new HQ. This new HQ, located in the north-east of Nuremberg, would soon become the beating heart of the Paessler family.